Blowing up Russia: The Secret Plot to Bring Back KGB Power

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They decided to eliminate him with the assis- tance of a specially established combat operations unit, commanded by the head of the Third Section Intelligence of the Military Counter- intelligence Department of the fsb of the Russian Federation, Major- General Yuri Yarovenko. At the same time, a combat operations group was set up under the command of Khokholkov in Chechnya, he worked under the pseudo- nym Denisov in order to eliminate Dudaev. The group included a captain, first rank, Alexander Kamyshnikov the future deputy head of the urpo , and a number of other officers. It was stationed at the military base in Khankala.

Also used in the operation was the air arm of the gru, which had two planes for targeting rockets on beacons in radiotelephones. On April 22,, Dudaev, his wife Alla, and several companions set out from the settlement of Gekhi-Chu in the Urus-Martansk dis- trict of western Chechnya, where they had spent the night, and made their way into the woods. Dudaev always moved out of settled areas when he needed to make phone calls, because it was harder to get a fix on his position away from centers of population.

There was no unbroken forest cover in that area, only scrub with occasional trees.

Alla began preparing a meal, while the men stood off to one side. This time, however, Dudaev spoke on the phone for longer than usual they say he was talking with the well-known Russian business- man and politician, Konstantin Borovoi, who stayed on the line to Dudaev until he was cut off. The car was brought up, they put Dudaev in the back seat, and his wife sat beside him.

Dudaev was unconscious, and he had a wound behind his right ear. He died without regaining con- sciousness. Since Lecha Dudaev was killed during the second Chechen war, there have been no official sources stating where Djokhar Dudaev is buried. The elimination of Dudaev was probably the most successful operation carried out by Khokholkov and his group. In the summer of 1 9 9 6 , after the Korzhakov-Barsukov-Soskovets group had fallen from power and General Lebed had been dismissed from his post as secretary of the Security Council, Stealth could no longer count on support from state structures and was left entirely under the control of the Izmailovo criminal group.

Unfortunately the logic of events tended more and more frequently to draw the secret services into purely criminal activity. In theory this tendency should have been countered by the Internal Security Department of the fsb, but in practice, the Internal Security Department was inca- pable of maintaining the fight against mass crime committed with the direct connivance or participation of the fsb and the s bp.

The only hope left was the single remaining law enforcement agency, the Crimi- nal Investigation Department. Tskhai was regarded as being an exceptionally hardwork- ing and talented detective. One of the romantics. He provided the link between the operatives and the investigators, he believed that even the most complicated cases could be untangled. It was Tskhai who succeeded in exposing the group that produced fake identity cards from the departments of coercion. In an article which was evi- dently commissioned by the fsb, the Moscow journalist, Alexander Khinshtein, wrote that Lazovsky himself oversaw the production of false documents, and that was why his people had cover documents from the fsb, fapsi, gru, and mo.

However, this was not the case. Expert analysis showed that there was clearly just one workshop involved. Following a whole series of operational and investigative measures four, very far from ordinary, people were detained. One was the former deputy head of a section of the kgb of the USSR, who had become the head of a firm with the attractive name of Honor.

Another was the head of one of the printing shops in Moscow and the former head of the printing shop of the administration of the Central Committee of the Communist Party. Detained together with them was a former fapsi lieutenant who had been involved in processing passes during his period of serv- ice. It is assumed that the idea of producing counterfeit docu- ments must have been his. And there was one very talented engraver. If that is the case, the possibility cannot be excluded that the laboratory for producing high-quality forgeries was also set up with the permission of the fsb and fapsi, and controlled by them.

Let us get back to Lazovsky. The liquidation of his group during the period from February to August of 1 9 9 6 was the greatest success achieved by the Twelfth Section of the mur. The brigade was very well equipped, too. He was accused in connection with a number of different episodes. At the same time there were disputes between Lanako and the Viktor Corporation over deals involving deliveries, of oil products. On January 10,, persons unknown obviously working for the Viktor Corporation shelled the automobile of Vladimir Kozlovsky, a director and chairman of the management board at Lanako, with a grenade thrower.

It was purely a matter of luck that no one in the apart- ment was hurt. The explosion, however, triggered off a fire in the apartment block, and neighbors were forced to jump from the win- dows. Two of them were killed, and several other people were injured. Ten min- utes later, two busloads of swat officers arrived at the Lanako offices, where they overcame armed resistance and took the office by storm it was only by good luck that there were no casualties.

They then proceeded to ransack the offices, arrest about sixty people, and take them away to the station, where they were recorded on video- tape. After that, almost everyone was allowed to go. The only persons still detained at the station the following day were four bodyguards who had firearms in their possession when they were arrested.

They 34 Blowing Up Russia were later tried, but received surprisingly lenient treatment for a shoot-out with the police. The final tally was seven dead and two wounded. All of the dead were members of the Dagestani group. On June 16, , three members of the Taganka criminal group were mowed down by machine-gun fire near the offices of the Credit- Consensus Bank.

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Lazovsky committed one of his most brutal crimes on September 5, 1 He was with two bodyguards, Robert Rudenko and Vladimir Lipatov, who disappeared with him. Lazovsky did not bother to report the disappearance of his colleagues to the police. However, the find was not treated as seriously as it should have been, and no arrests were made. Nataev was killed, and his corpse was beheaded. Then the corpse and the two bodyguards were driven to the peat bogs in the Yaroslavl district, where Rudenko and Lipatov were also beheaded.

All three bodies were buried in the peat, from which members of the mur recovered them in Lazovsky summoned him to talks at a parking lot on Burakov Street, which belonged to his uncle, Nikolai Lazovsky. The owner of the parking lot sent his bodyguards home so that there would be no witnesses, and when the second Nataev arrived, Sche- lenkov, Polonsky, and Grishin met him with a hail of bullets from automatic weapons, pistols and even a sawn-off shotgun.

Nataev returned fire fourteen times, and before he was killed, he managed to gun down Polonsky and Grishin. The exchange of fire was so inten- sive that several cars in the parking lot caught fire. When the police arrived on the scene, all they found were pools of blood and spent cartridges. According to operational information, not long before the shooting, Lazovsky had taken a charter flight to Tuapsi for a meeting with Vasilenko Lazovsky was met at the airport by members of the Tuapsi fsb , and had appar- ently failed to reach an understanding with him.

Lazovsky was also suspected of the abduction in of State Duma deputy Yu. No attention had been paid to Lanako after theYauza bombing, primarily because it was an fsb outfit. This led the mur operatives to draw the correct conclusion that Lanako had close links with the secret services, especially as Lazovsky himself took part in operations to free fsb personnel who had been taken prisoner in Chechnya. The mur, which at that time was headed by Savostianov, repeat- edly observed and even detained senior Lanako personnel in the com- pany of fsb officers.

When Polonsky was shot down at the parking lot on Burakov Street on September 18, he had a gru holster on his belt and a gru identity card in his pocket. In February , mur operatives traced Lazovsky to an apart- ment on Sadovo-Samotechnaya Street in Moscow, which belonged to an individual by the name ofTrostanetsky. Lazovsky and his body- guard Marcel Kharisov were arrested in the yard of the building as they got into a jeep, which was being driven by Yumashkin who was also immediately detained. Tskhai arrested Lazovsky in person.

He him- self had obtained the sanction for his arrest and the search warrants, since no one else wanted to get involved in the case. When searched, Lazovsky was found to be carrying 1. Kharisov was also discov- ered to be carrying an unlicensed tt pistol.

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The fsb duty officer took Yumashkin away. The head of the First Section at that time was Alexander Platonov. Even then, the operatives understood just who Lazovsky was and who stood behind him, which was why Platonov warned Makeiev that it was a difficult and complicated case, gave him a small separate office to share with just one colleague on the ninth floor of the newly refurbished old Lubyanka building, and asked him not to discuss the contents of the operational report with any one.

Makeiev worked in a highly conspiratorial manner. As a rule, he himself was the only member of his section who attended joint oper- ations meetings with the mur, carrying a mur identity pass as a cover. In Platonov was removed from operational duties and Lieu- tenant Colonel Yevgeny Kolesnikov who is now a major-general became the new head of the section. Kolesnikov joined the fsb from the f s o after Barsukov was appointed head of the f s b in June Then Rodin and Makeiev were both dismissed.

Journalists got wind of this and on November 11,, Novaya Gazeta published the text of a letter of inquiry written by its deputy senior editor, Yuri Schekochikhin, a deputy of the State Duma: 38 Blowing Up Russia To: Director of the fsb of the Russian Federation N. The Security Committee of the State Duma of Russia has received a letter addressed to me from a high-ranking officer of the Ministry of the Interior of the Russian Federation. Are the following people named in the letter listed among the personnel of the fsb for Moscow and the Moscow Region: S. Karpychev, A.

Yumashkin, E. Abovian, L. Dmi- triev, A. Is it true that since last year Sergei Kublitsky, who has a criminal record and is now the president of the firm Vityaz, which specializes in oil operations, has been using as his per- sonal bodyguards members of the fsb for Moscow and the Moscow Region, S.

Karpychev and S. Mekhkov, and that on several occasions they have accompanied him to meetings with the management of the Tuapsi Oil Refinery and represen- tatives of the firm Atlas, which holds a controlling interest in the refinery? Yumashkin, an employee of the fsb for Moscow and the Moscow Region, who also provides personal security services to M.

Lazovsky, the leader of an inter-regional criminal grouping, but that they have been unable to do so? How accurate is information that since , Major A. Is it true that on February 1 7 of this year, employees of the fsb for Moscow and the Moscow Region, A. Yumashkin, 5. Karpychev, and S. Mekhkov, were detained together with S. Kubitsky and M. Lazovsky by employees of the Ministry of the Interior of the Russian Federation? If so, then how true is it that after the fsb identity cards presented by Karpychev and Mekhkov had been checked, they were both released?

Kolesnikov informed that employees of the fsb for Moscow and the Moscow Region had been detained? It is true that the prisoner Lazovsky is suspected by agencies of law enforcement and the Office of the Public Prosecutor of the rf of involvement in a number of contract killings? Has the prisoner Kublitsky been questioned at the request of specialists from the law enforcement agencies of the Krasnodar Region who are inves- tigating the murder of the director of the Tuapsi Oil Refinery? Is it true that on October 1 6 of last year, employees of the Moscow r u o p detained A. Yanin, born ,8 resident of Moscow, and that the documents confiscated from him in- cluded a check for luggage checked in at the left luggage office of the Central Airport Terminal?

Is it accurate to assert that these arms had been confiscated from criminal groups and, according to N official documents, were kept onsite at the fsb for Moscow and the Moscow Region? Is the information correct, accord- ing to which after investigator Sholokhova initiated criminal proceedings against A. Colonel Edward Abovian, obtained the release of the prisoner Yanin from custody? Does Colonel Abovian have free access to the special technology and armaments, which the fsb for Moscow and the Moscow Region has at its disposal? What connection, if any, exists between colonel Abovian and the commercial activities of the Mosinraschyot Bank and the Tver Beer Combine?

Is it true that on October 1 7 of this year, employees of the ruop of the Northern District of the City of Moscow detained a bmw automobile with detachable number plates mok, which had previously been used by S. Dmitriev and Warrant Officer A. Dokukin, following which they were released? Under the present state of measures taken, Lazovsky and the other accomplices stand accused of more than ten premeditated murders in various regions of Russia. There was nothing to do but wait for the criminals to be brought to trial. FSB director Kovalyov had two meetings with Schekochikhin.

At the end of the year, Schekochikhin received two replies from him, essentially identical in content. One was secret and has remained in the archives of the State Duma. Investigations have determined that the actions of the [fsb employees] 42 Blowing Up Russia involved certain deviations from the requirements of depart- mental regulations which, in combination with a lack of prac- tical experience and professionalism, could well have served as the cause of the incident which has attracted your attention. In this regard, particular concern is occasioned by the fact that a conflict occurred between the members of two departments that engage in operational and investigative activity in the crim- inal environment.

Schekochikhin believed that the representatives of the people, in the persons of members of the State Duma, and the agencies of state security, fight together against bandits and terrorists. However, Kovalyov knew that the fsb and the extra-departmental agencies of coercion, which the people call ban- dits and terrorists, actually wage their struggle against the very people represented in the Duma by Schekochikhin and others like him.

Naturally, no internal fsb inquiry was ever held, and nobody was dismissed. Abovian was apparently given a new name and retained in service. No records of any investigations were submitted to any court or military tribunal. A reply was received from the first deputy senior military prosecutor, lieutenant-general of justice G. Since even his involvement in organizing contract killings was apparently part of his special mission, Yumashkin contin- ued to serve in the Moscow fsb, and in , he was promoted on schedule to the military rank of lieutenant colonel.

Supposedly, having read the letter of inquiry, Trofi- mov summoned one of his deputies and ordered him to draw up the paperwork for the dismissal of all the members of the fsb who were mentioned in it. His deputy refused. Trofimov then suggested that he should submit his resignation. The two were arrested for dealing in cocaine by the mur and the Central Department for the Illegal Cir- culation of Narcotics. Trofimov was fired two days after the media reported the arrest of drug dealers carrying the identity passes of offi- cers in the Moscow fsb.

The court did not pass a guilty verdict on any of the members of the coercive departments who were suspected, according to Vladimir Kolesnikov, of a total of more than ten murders. On January 3 1 , , Lazovsky and Kharisov appeared before the Tver court in a trial which lasted only three days. They were accused of possessing weapons and drugs and of forging fapsi and mo documents.

Not a single prosecutor or judge so much as hinted at terrorist attacks and contract killings. The case materials contained no information at all about the use of forgeries by the accused which was in itself weighty evidence of the interfusion of the structures headed by Barsukov, Kovalyov, and Lazovsky.

The count of possessing and transporting dangerous drugs was also dropped — so that Lazovsky and Kharisov would not have to be charged under such a serious article of the Criminal Code.

source He claimed that when they were arrested, Lazovsky and Kharisov were with fsb employee Yumashkin, with whom they had spent a large part of the day, that both Lazovsky and Kharisov were engaged in carrying out certain tasks for the secret services, and that was why they had been given weapons and cover documents. When he was arrested, fsb agent Yumashkin was also found to be in possession of a cover document, a police identity card. When he heard the sentence, Boris Kozhemyakin said, he had been counting on a more lenient verdict.

Lazovsky served his time in one of the prison camps near Tula Moscow Detectives Take on the FSB 45 together with his co-defendant and bodyguard Kharisov which is strictly forbidden by regulations. While in the camp, he recruited new members for his group from among the criminal inmates, studied the Bible, and even wrote a treatise on the improvement of Russia. He was released in February , since the time he spent in custody, while under investigation, was counted against his sentence.

Meanwhile in 1 9 9 6 , Russia had lost the war in Chechnya. Military operations had to be halted and political negotiations conducted with the Chechen separatists. There was a real threat that the conflict between two nations, which had cost the secret services so much effort to provoke, might end in a peace agreement, and Yeltsin might be able to return to his program of liberal reforms.

In order to under- mine the peace negotiations, the fsb carried out a series of terrorist attacks in Moscow. Note, once again, how well the supporters of war timed their terrorist attacks, and how dam- aging they were to the interests of supporters of peace and the Chechens themselves. Between nine and ten in the evening on June 1 1 , , there was an explosion in a half-empty carriage in a train at theTulskaya station of the Serpukhovskaya line of the Moscow subway.

Four people were killed and 1 2 were hospitalized. Exactly one month later, on July 1 1 , a terrorist bomb exploded in a number twelve trolley in Pushkin Square: six people were injured. The following day, July 1 2 , an explo- sion destroyed a number 48 trolley on Mir Prospect: twenty-eight people were injured.

Before even a pro- visional investigation had been conducted, the mayor of Moscow, Yuri Luzhkov, declared at the site of the second trolley explosion that he would expel the entire Chechen diaspora from Moscow, even though he had no reason to suspect that the explosions were the work of the diaspora, or even of individual Chechen terrorists. Lebed and the new president of Chechnya, Aslan Maskhadov.

The supporters of war in Chechnya had lost, and terrorist attacks in Moscow came to a halt-until the fsb launched a new operation designed to spark off another Chechen war. Lazovsky was under arrest. It is clear, however, that the fsb had a choice of many similar structures, and not just in Moscow. In fact, there is very good reason for believing this to be the case. Under the influence of reports in the media about the new wave of terrorist attacks on public transport in Moscow in June and July , Akimov began providing testimony about an explosion in a bus on December 27, They noted possible lines of retreat.

On the evening of the same day, Akimov and Vorobyov left the Zhiguli not far Moscow Detectives Take on the FSB 47 from the stop at the end of the bus route and went back to Mir Prospect, where they boarded the number 33 bus. When they got out at the last stop, Akimov went to warm up the engine of their car, and Vorobyov used a remote con- trol unit to set the bomb. On the morning of August 28,, retired Lieutenant Colonel Vorobyov had been arrested byTskhai, as he was on his way to a meeting with an fsb agent and taken to the mur department at 38 Petrovka Street, where, if the judgment of the court is to be believed, he told the entire story to the Moscow detectives without attempting to conceal anything, including the fact that he was a free-lance fsb agent.

Shortly thereafter, Akimov withdrew his testimony, even though it had been given in writing. Vorobyov then also withdrew his testimony. The Moscow City Court, under presiding Judge Irina Kulichkova, evidently acting under pressure from the fsb, dropped the charges against Akimov of complicity in a terrorist bombing and sentenced him to three years imprisonment for the illegal sale of a revolver. Since the guilty verdict was pronounced in late April , and Akimov had spent three years in custody while under investiga- tion, he left the court a free man. Vorobyov was sentenced to five years in the prison camps.

As his employer, the fsb gave Vorobyov a positive character reference that was included in the case materials. In his final address, Vorobyov declared that the case against him had been fabricated by parties who wished to blacken the name of the fsb and his name as a free-lance agent of the special service. In late August , Vorobyov was released, despite the fact that Akimov and the investigators believed that he 48 Blowing Up Russia had been involved in the terrorist attacks of The fsb had demonstrated yet again that it would not abandon its own agents and would eventually obtain their release.

In the late summer and early fall of , an operational source reported that a certain Sergei Pogosov was living in the center of Moscow on the Novyi Arbat Street, not far from the bookstore Dom Knigi and the Oktyabr cinema in a huge penthouse apartment totaling 1 o o or square meters. A few days later, the search was carried out jointly by the Twelfth Section of the mur and the First Section of the Antiterrorist Center of the fsb, which lasted almost all night. No one tried to count the rubles, which were lying everywhere, even in the kitchen in empty jars.

Pogosov and his girlfriend were taken to the police station, but that very day a member of the Moscow fsb drove to the station and collected them. The police did not confiscate the money. No criminal case was brought in connection with the discovery of the cocaine. Appar- ently nobody was interested in Pogosov or his money. Moscow Detectives Take on the FSB 49 Knowing the way things were done in the Russian agencies of coercion, Pogosov expected that the people who had come to search his apartment would just take him away and kill him, so he attempted to save himself by giving a written undertaking to cooperate under the pseudonym of Grigory.

Pogosov said Lazovsky was a state assassin who eliminated people according to instructions, and organ- ized acts of sabotage and terrorism. Concerning the money, Pogosov said it was for Lazovsky, and he was only an intermediary. A few days after Pogosov was released, he had his second and final meeting with the operative who had recruited him. First of all, Pogosov offered money for the return of his note.

His controllers had also made direct threats against Tskhai. The following day, the recruitment of agent Grigory was officially reported to the chief. A few days later, the phone rang in the office of the operative who had recruited Pogosov. The operative never saw Pogosov again and never received any secret information from him. Poisons of a type that could have been used to kill Tskhai were made in a special fsb laboratory, which according to some sources was located at 42 Krasnobogatyrskaya Street in Moscow.

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The same building is also said to have been used for print- ing the high-quality counterfeit dollars used by the fsb to pay for contract killings and other counterintelligence operations. The labo- ratories had been in existence since Soviet times the dollars were supposed to be printed in case of war. On April 15, ,3 funeral service was held for Tskhai, and he was buried at the Vagankovskoe Cemetery.

Budkin, A. Bazanov, G. Boguslavsky, V. Bubnov, and A. Kalinin, and it was also dealt with by the investigator for specially important cases Andrei Suprunenko, who first interrogated Lazovsky as early as Lazovsky continued his collaboration with the secret services. He was kept under observation following his release by Mikhail Fonaryov, an officer of the Criminal Investigation Department of the Moscow dis- trict, but no details are known of his activities during this period. Patrushev was born in Leningrad on July 11, There, he served as junior operations officer, head of the city agency, deputy head of the regional agency, and head of the service for combating smuggling and corruption of the kgb Department for Leningrad and the Leningrad Region.

By 1 , he had risen to the rank of colonel. Until 1 9 9 1 , he was a member of the Communist Party. In , Patrushev was transferred to Karelia, where he initially served as head of the local counterintelligence department. In , when the Lenin- grader Stepashin became director of the fsk, he called Patrushev to 51 52 Blowing Up Russia Moscow to serve as head of one of the key divisions in the Lubyanka, the Internal Security Department of the fsk of the Russian Federa- tion.

By moving Patrushev to Moscow, Stepashin saved him from the consequences of a serious scandal. In the course of the investigation, facts had emerged which virtually proved his guilt as an accomplice. Fortunately for Patrushev, the head of the fsb for the Republic of Karelia, Vassily Ankudinov, who could have told us a great deal about Patrushev and Karelian birch, died at the age of 5 6 on May 21, In June , Mikhail Barsukov replaced Stepashin as head of the fsk.

In the summer of , Nikolai Kovalyov replaced Bar- sukov. Neither Barsukov nor Kovalyov regarded Patrushev as their own man and did nothing to promote him. Then the Reichstag went up in flames. Historians have not yet given us an answer to the question of who set fire to it, but history has shown us who benefited.

Then apart- ment blocks were blown up, and a new war began in Chechnya, and this war was glorified by arch-liars.

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People with inside knowledge claim that Putin had no choice but to promote Patrushev, because Patrushev was in possession of compromising material about him. And then it began. Nikolai Patrushev on the events in Ryazan. Itogi, 5 October In September , monstrous acts of terrorism were perpe- trated in Buinaksk, Moscow, and Volgodonsk.

We shall begin with the terrorist attack, which could have been the most terrible of them all, if it had not been foiled. On September 2 2 , something unexpected happened: in Ryazan, fsb operatives were spotted planting sugar sacks containing hexogen in the bedroom community of Dashkovo-Pesochnya. At P- M. The car had driven into the yard and stopped. A man and a young woman got out, went down into the basement of the building, and after a while came back.

Then the car was driven right up against the basement door, and all three of the people in it began carrying sacks inside. Then all of them got into the car and drove away. Note how quickly Kartofelnikov reacted.

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The police were less prompt in their response. I ran home to phone the police. I had to keep dialing the number for ten minutes before I got through. Moscow time, the policemen, commanded by warrant officer Andrei Chernyshov, discovered three fifty-kilogram sugar sacks in the basement of a residential block con- taining seventy-seven apartments. Near the house we were met by a girl who told us about a man who had come out of the basement and driven away in a car with its license plates masked.

I left one officer in front of the entrance and went down into the basement with the other. The base- ment in that house is deep and completely flooded with water. The only dry spot is a tiny little storeroom like a brick shed. We shined the light in, and there were several sugar sacks arranged in a stack. There was a slit in the upper sack, and we could see some kind of electronic device: wires wrapped round with insulating tape, a timer. Of course, it was all a bit of a shock for us. We ran out of the basement, I stayed behind to guard the entrance, while the guys went to evacuate the inhabitants.

The sacks of explosives were removed by men from the Ministry of Emergencies in the presence of representatives of the fsb. Of course, after our bomb technicians had rendered them harmless. No one had any doubt that this was a genuine emergency situation. One of the sacks had been slit open, and a homemade detonating device had been set inside, consisting of three batteries, an electronic watch, and a homemade detonating charge.

The detonator was set for 5. The bomb technicians from the police engineering and technology section of the Ryazan Region mvd took just eleven minutes to disarm the bomb, under the leadership of their section head, police Lieutenant Yuri Tkachenko, and then immediately, at approximately 1 1 p. There was no detonation, either because the sample was too small, or because the engineers had taken it from the upper layers of the mixture, while the main concentration of hexogen might be in the bottom of the sack. The instruments used were modern and in good condition, and the specialists who carried out the analysis were highly qualified.

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The contents of the. All the witnesses, who discovered the suspicious sacks, later confirmed that they contained a yellow substance in the form of granules that resembled small vermicelli, which is exactly what hexo- gen looks like. It was a standard house in an unprestigious part of town, inhabited by simple people.

Set up against the front of the house was a twenty-four hour shop selling groceries. The inhabitants of the house would surely not suspect that people unloading goods by the trap door of a twenty-four hour food store might be terrorists. It was built of silicate brick. The next house, built on the soft sandy soil of the slope, could also have been damaged. So the alarm was raised, and the inhabitants of a house in Ryazan were roused from their beds and evacuated into the street in whatever they happened to be wearing at the time.

Women, old men, and children shuffled about in front of the entrance, reluctant to set out into the unknown. Some of them were not wearing outer clothing, or were even bare- footed. They hopped from one foot to the other in the freezing wind for several hours, and the invalids who had been brought down in their wheelchairs wept and cursed the entire world. It was cold. The director of the local cinema, the Oktyabr, took pity on the people and let them into the hall, and she also prepared tea for everyone.

The only people left in the building were several old invalids, who were in no physical condi- tion to leave their apartments, including one old woman who was paralyzed and whose daughter stayed all night with the police cordon expecting an explosion. This is how she recalled the event: 58 Blowing Up Russia Between io and 1 1 p. I ran out just as I was, in my nightshirt, with only my raincoat thrown over it. Outside in the yard, I learned there was a bomb in our house. It was half past two before they started going to each of the flats with its occupants and checking them for signs of anything suspicious.

They came to me too. He calmly wrote some- thing down on his notepad and disappeared. And I suddenly had this realization that my mother and I were probably the only two people in a house with a bomb in it. I felt quite un- bearably afraid But then suddenly there was a ring at the door. Standing on the doorstep were two senior police officers. Then I just dashed straight outside V All kinds of emergency services and managers turned up at the house. In addition, since analysis had determined the presence of hexogen, the cordon was ordered to expand the exclusion zone, in case there was an explosion.

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The head of the local fsb, Major-General Alexan- der Sergeiev, congratulated the inhabitants of the building on being granted a second life. Hero of the hour Kartofelnikov was told that he must have been born under a lucky star a few days later, he was pre- sented with a valuable gift from the municipal authorities for finding the bomb — a Russian-made color television.

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In order to under- mine the peace negotiations, the fsb carried out a series of terrorist attacks in Moscow. On April 22,, Dudaev, his wife Alla, and several companions set out from the settlement of Gekhi-Chu in the Urus-Martansk dis- trict of western Chechnya, where they had spent the night, and made their way into the woods. On December 7, Grachyov had a meeting with Dudaev, but the discussions proved fruitless. Karpichkov became a major and worked in Latvia in the Second Directorate, an elite counter-intelligence division of the KGB. Does Colonel Abovian have free access to the special technology and armaments, which the fsb for Moscow and the Moscow Region has at its disposal? Chechnya is repeating the Afghanistan scenario point for point. A fairly convincing narrative of the duplicity of the Russian FSB but somewhat tedious in presentation with a fair amount of repetition.

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